Ger­many to Keep on Co­op­er­at­ing With Iran

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TEHRAN – Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Tehran Michael Klor-Ber­ch­told says the U.S. sanc­tions against Iran are il­le­gal and Ger­many re­gard­less of sanc­tions will keep on co­op­er­at­ing with Iran.

The Ger­man am­bas­sador on Tues­day met Deputy In­dus­try, Mine and Trade Min­is­ter Sadeq Na­jafi and ex­plored ways for en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion.

In the meet­ing, Klor-Ber­ch­told crit­i­cized the U.S. for reim­pos­ing sanc­tions and called it “il­le­gal”, adding that Ger­many will con­tinue co­op­er­at­ing with Iran.

He added that Ger­many is fully aware of woes which are cre­ated by the U.S. gov­ern­ment but it is com­mit­ted to the JCPOA and it will not fol­low the U.S. path.

Klor-Ber­ch­told pointed to the re­cent agree­ment which was signed be­tween Iran and Ger­many, adding that it is a good ground for con­tin­u­ing co­op­er­a­tion.

He went on to say that small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) are very cru­cial in the busi­ness and Ger­many’s econ­omy mostly re­lies on the SMEs and it wel­comes co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Ira­nian and Ger­man SMEs.

He re­it­er­ated Iran’s in­vest­ment on the SME is a good and wise de­ci­sion, adding that in­no­va­tion comes out of the SMEs and they un­der­stand the mar­ket very well.

Na­jafi, for his part, said that sanc­tions are no new things for Iran and Iran is used to it, adding that he hoped Ger­many would stand by Iran dur­ing the sanc­tions era.

He also claimed that SMEs al­most form 90 per­cent of in­dus­tries in the coun­try and Iran ex­pects Ger­many to sup­port those in­dus­tries in this crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Na­jafi un­der­lined the sig­nif­i­cance of train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and us­ing mod­ern tech­nolo­gies and called for boost­ing ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Iran and Ger­many as well as hold­ing the GIZ cour­ses for own­ers of the SMEs which have been use­ful for the coun­try. He noted that he ex­pects Ger­man Em­bassy in Tehran to as­sign some­body or some sec­tion to co­op­er­ate with Ira­nian SMEs. He also called for eas­ing visa process for par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ira­nian SMEs in the ex­hi­bi­tions or short term ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing cour­ses which are held in Ger­many.

Na­jafi re­it­er­ated that if the pri­vate sec­tors of both coun­tries get closer to­gether, the ground will be paved for boost­ing bi­lat­eral trade.

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